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The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) is one of five regional offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). TWAS-SAREP has been hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) since March 2015. 

TWAS-SAREP was previously based at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The main objective of TWAS-SAREP is to promote and profile the activities of TWAS and its affiliated organisations in the region. This includes issuing of grants and awards, as well as enabling networking among TWAS fellows in Africa.

Hosting TWAS-SAREP will strengthen TWAS's presence in Africa and advance its mission on the continent. This will build on South Africa's strong research and educational institutions, as well as its globally influential science policy leadership. ASSAf provides TWAS-SAREP with secretariat and administrative assistance to coordinates and promotes activities.

As host organisation, ASSAf:
  • Enhances the visibility of TWAS among young and promising scientists, policymakers and media through the organisation of public lectures, discussion meetings with local newspapers/magazines and other fora.
  • Identifies eminent scientists in the region for nomination as TWAS fellows, young affiliates and for awards.
  • Assesses the vitality and effectiveness of TWAS’s activities in the region.
  • Organises activities in areas of science and technology that are of critical importance to the region.
TWAS-ROSSA gratefully acknowledges financial support for its activities, mainly provided by:
  • TWAS
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)- South Africa
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)


The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel Prize winner.

TWAS works through research, education, policy and diplomacy. Today, TWAS has nearly 1 200 elected fellows from more than 90 countries; 16 of them are Nobel laureates.

Since 1983, TWAS has focused on supporting and promoting excellence in scientific research in the developing world and applying scientific and engineering research to address global challenges. TWAS receives core funding from the government of Italy.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) administers TWAS funds and personnel. (www.twas.org)

TWAS Mission

  •  Recognise, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the developing world.

  • Respond to the needs of young scientists in countries that are lagging in science and technology.

  • Promote South-South and South-North cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

  • Encourage scientific research and sharing of experiences in solving major problems facing developing countries.

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